George S. Ellis, Jr., MD, has begun his two-year term as president of the Orleans Parish Medical Society (OPMS). The board also welcomes six new board members.
Dr. Ellis served as president-elect of the board from 2016 through 2017. He replaces Royce Dean Yount, MD, cardiologist, who served as president from 2016 through 2017.
Dr. Ellis is an ophthalmologist who specializes in pediatric eye diseases and adult strabismus. After completing a residency in Ophthalmology at the Duke University Eye Center, he received specialized training in his chosen field with Drs. Zane Pollard, Marshall Parks, David Guyton, and Clinton McCord. In 1995, after 12 years on full time faculties at the LSU Eye Center and the Tulane University Department of Ophthalmology, he became the director of ophthalmology at Children’s Hospital New Orleans.
In addition to beginning his term as president, Dr. Ellis welcomes the following New Orleans Parish Medical Society board members:
-Ann E. Borreson, MD, LOTR, allergy-immunology, Ochsner Health System
-John F. Heaton, MD, MMM, Chief Medical Officer, LCMC Health and Children’s Hospital New Orleans
-William S. LaCorte, MD, primary care/internal medicine, Ochsner Health System
-Mehdi Qalbani, MD, psychiatry/forensic psychiatry, Integrated Behavioral Health, LLC
-Michael L. Wheelis, MD, FACEP, emergency/industrial medicine, West Jefferson Industrial Medicine
-Shana Zucker, MD/MPH/MS candidate, Tulane University School of Medicine
“I’m excited about this opportunity to serve as president. Orleans Parish Medical Society has always played an important role in helping to support the unique needs of physicians and their patients in the Greater New Orleans area,” said Dr. Ellis.
Dr. Ellis has a special interest in infant vision testing and in the diagnosis and treatment of Ptosis, Strabismus, Amblyopia, and Lachrymal Obstruction. He enjoys the training of residents and students, both medical and orthoptic.
Dr. Ellis has been involved in multiple medical and ophthalmological organizations. He has served as President of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS); the American Eye Study Club; the Southern Medical Association; the Louisiana-Mississippi Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology Society; the New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology; and the American Orthoptic Council. He has also served as Chair of the Section of Ophthalmology of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Chair of the Department of Surgery at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, and incoming President of the Louisiana Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.